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James MORAHAN was born about 1836 in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon. He died in probably before 2 April 1911 in probably Killarney, Co. Kerry. James married Bridget BURKE.

James was a boat builder in Carrick-on-Shannon before moving with his family to Killarney where he continued working in boat building. The 1901 census lists 64-year-old James and his 26-year-old unmarried daughter Mary Agnes in Moyeightragh, Killarney. James's occupation on the census return is given as 'boat and coach builder'.

While I have no documented evidence that James was related to my own Morahan family from Carrick-on-Shannon, the fact that Morahan is an unusual Irish name makes me think it possible that my family is connected to James's family and other Morahan families from Carrick-on-Shannon. For example, there was another boat builder in Carrick, John Morahan, who was born about 1838. John had at least two sons, James, also a boat builder, and John, whose sons James and John also worked in the boat building business. There was also a Bernard Morahan whose sons Thomas (born about 1849) and Joseph (born about 1854) were coach builders.

Bridget BURKE was born in Co. Roscommon. She died before 31 Mar 1901 in probably Moyeightragh, Killarney, co. Kerry. Bridget married James MORAHAN.

A Bridie Morahan, aged 70 and unmarried, died in Killarney on 23 November 1945. Was Bridie a daughter of Bridget and James?

They had the following children.

  M i
Charles Patrick MORAHAN was born on 19 Feb 1871 in Cortober, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died in 1871 in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Charles died as an infant.
  F ii Mary Agnes MORAHAN was born on 24 Feb 1874.
  M iii Michael Joseph MORAHAN was born on 31 May 1877. He died on 19 Sep 1939.

Michael Joseph MORAHAN [Parents] was born on 31 May 1877 in Cortober, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 19 Sep 1939 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. Michael married Emily Mary MCSWINEY on 13 Apr 1899 in Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Dominic, Hackney, London.

The 1911 census tells us that Michael was a 'sculptor - carver and modeller'. He lived at the time in Kingston Vale, Putney, London and later at 32 Fairfield South, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

Emily Mary MCSWINEY [Parents] was born about 1876 in Lambeth, London. She died in probably before 29 September 1939. Emily married Michael Joseph MORAHAN on 13 Apr 1899 in Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Dominic, Hackney, London.

They had the following children.

  F i Dorothy MORAHAN was born on 23 Apr 1899. She died in 1980.
  F ii Kathleen MORAHAN was born in 1901. She died in 1994.
  M iii Michael James MORAHAN was born on 26 Dec 1902. He died in 1976.
  M iv
Bernard MORAHAN was born in 1904 in Herne Hill, London. He died in 1989 in Victoria, British Columbia.

Bernard lived in Victoria, British Columbia.
  M v Thomas Hugo MORAHAN was born on 29 Jun 1906. He died in 1969.
  M vi Dermot MORAHAN was born in 1908.
  F vii Margaret MORAHAN was born on 27 Sep 1910. She died in 1998.

John MCSWINEY died.

The marriage certificate of his daughter Emily tells us that John was a "boot closer" from Lower Clapton in Hackney.

He had the following children.

  F i Emily Mary MCSWINEY was born about 1876. She died in probably before 29 September 1939.

Matthew FINN died. Matthew married Dorothy MORAHAN in 1949.

Dorothy MORAHAN [Parents] was born on 23 Apr 1899 in Hackney, London. She died in 1980. Dorothy married Matthew FINN in 1949.

The 1939 Register, taken on 29 September of that year, shows Dorothy apparently living on her own in the family home at 32 Fairfield South, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. Her father had died just 10 days earlier. The Register tells us that Dorothy was working at the time as a housekeeper.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.

Charles R. BACHE was born in 1900 in Fulham, London. He died in 1982 in Sutton, London. Charles married Kathleen MORAHAN in 1925 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

Charles was an electrical contractor.

Kathleen MORAHAN [Parents] was born in 1901 in Lambeth, London. She died in 1994 in Surrey. Kathleen married Charles R. BACHE in 1925 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

Kathleen and her husband, Charles, and their family lived at 69 Wolsey Drive, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.

Michael James MORAHAN [Parents] was born on 26 Dec 1902 in Herne Hill, London. He died in 1976 in Sudbury, Suffolk. Michael married Emily FLETCHER in 1928 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

Michael was a sculptor. He and his young family were living at 10 Laurel Close, Hendon, London in 1939.

Emily FLETCHER was born on 11 Nov 1903 in Twickenham, Middlesex. She died in 2001 in Berkshire. Emily married Michael James MORAHAN in 1928 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii James (Jim) MORAHAN was born on 16 Dec 1936. He died on 17 Mar 2011.

Thomas Hugo MORAHAN [Parents] was born on 29 Jun 1906 in Southfields, London. He died in 1969 in Chelsea, London. Thomas married Nancy Charlotte BARKER in 1928 in Chelsea registration district, London.

Other marriages:
HOWE, Katherine

Thomas became a film designer and was nominated for an Academy Award for art direction in the 1960 movie Sons and Lovers. He married Nancy Barker and they had one son, Christopher Thomas, the stage and television director and father of actress Hattie Morahan.

Nancy Charlotte BARKER was born in 1904 in Kent. She died in 1977 in London. Nancy married Thomas Hugo MORAHAN in 1928 in Chelsea registration district, London.


Thomas Hugo MORAHAN [Parents] was born on 29 Jun 1906 in Southfields, London. He died in 1969 in Chelsea, London. Thomas married Katherine HOWE in 1942 in Chelsea registration district, London.

Other marriages:
BARKER, Nancy Charlotte

Thomas became a film designer and was nominated for an Academy Award for art direction in the 1960 movie Sons and Lovers. He married Nancy Barker and they had one son, Christopher Thomas, the stage and television director and father of actress Hattie Morahan.

Katherine HOWE was born in 1916 in County Durham. She died in 1979 in Hampstead, London. Katherine married Thomas Hugo MORAHAN in 1942 in Chelsea registration district, London.

Katherine and Thomas Hugo had two daughters.


Dermot MORAHAN [Parents] was born in 1908 in Kingston Vale, Putney, London. He died in Argentina. Dermot married Isabel PODESTA.

Dermot and his wife, Isabel, had five children.

Isabel PODESTA was born in 1916 in Italy. She died in 2003. Isabel married Dermot MORAHAN.


Cecil J. CHAMBERLAIN was born on 11 Jan 1908 in Hertfordshire. He died in 1992 in Dorset. Cecil married Margaret MORAHAN in 1934 in Surrey N.E. registration district.

The 1939 Register tells us that Cecil was "previously dispense Boots chemist"and was currently "assistant superintendent assurance agents".

Margaret MORAHAN [Parents] was born on 27 Sep 1910 in Kingston Vale, Putney, London. She died in 1998 in Surrey. Margaret married Cecil J. CHAMBERLAIN in 1934 in Surrey N.E. registration district.

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